Tucson, AZ---The Fox Tucson Theatre February calendar is brimming with talent, beginning with The Mavericks on the first and ending with The Ten Tenors on Feb 29. Thank heavens for the extra Leap Year day! Throughout the month enjoy the comedic brilliance of Brad Williams, the great Taj Mahal, the dazzling talents of Mandy Patinkin, One Night of Queen, Mardi Gras Mambo and much more. For tickets and additional information visit https://foxtucson.com/events/ .
The eclectic rock and country group known for crisscrossing musical boundaries with abandon, has gone through three distinct phases since it was founded in Miami in 1989. An initial period of heady success marked by big hits and critical acclaim in the ‘90s. A long hiatus started in 2003 when the musicians each went their own way. And finally, a triumphant reunion in 2012 which was held long enough for them to recently celebrate the band’s 30th anniversary. The Mavericks have now ushered in the fourth phase of their evolution with the #1 Billboard debut of their first-ever, all Spanish album, En Español, released on the band’s own Mono Mundo label. Although all 12 tracks are in Spanish, as the title suggests, the collection represents a diversity of musical styles and cultural traditions, from tender boleros to brassy mariachi to reimagined Afro-Cuban classics. Seven of the tunes are familiar gems drawn from the vast Latin American songbook, while five are originals written or co-written by Malo.
Feb 3, 7:30pm - Night Ranger
Heavy hitting rock legends, Night Ranger have sold over 17 million albums worldwide, performed across more than 4000 stages, and captivated a radio audience that exceeds 1 billion. The band has transcended the arena rock sound and style well beyond that era and continue to grow their ever-evolving fan-base. Some of their best-selling albums include Dawn Patrol, Midnight Madness, 7 Wishes, Big Life and Man In Motion. Night Ranger’s popularity is fueled by a number of instantly recognizable hit singles and signature album tracks, such as “Sister Christian “, “Don’t Tell Me You Love Me “, “When You Close Your Eyes “, and the anthemic “(You Can Still) Rock In America. Over the years, the band’s music has also made notable contributions to and been featured in many different areas of global media and pop culture.
Feb 4, 7pm and 10:15pm – Brad Williams with Special Guest J.B. Ball and Quincy Weekley
“No one is doing stand-up comedy more hilariously than Brad Williams.”- New York Times. Pound for pound, Brad Williams is the funniest comedian in the country right now and has become one of the most in-demand comedians working today. Williams started doing stand-up comedy as a teenager and has been touring successfully ever since, routinely selling out prestigious venues all over the country and world. Williams has parlayed his live performances into a multitude of stand-up television appearances, including The Tonight Show, Dave Attell’s Comedy Underground, and Jimmy Kimmel Live. His first one-hour special, Fun Size, was the highest rated special on Showtime, and a year later, he followed that up with his second one, Daddy Issues, which was even more successful than the first. His third special in three years was an uproarious one, hosting some of the edgiest comedians in the country from the prestigious Montreal Just for Laughs Festival. His last groundbreaking special on Netflix, The Degenerates, garnered huge ratings and rave reviews.
In March the Fox will welcome folk-music sensations The Wailin’ Jennys. Drawing on bluegrass and other forms of North American Roots Music, their visit gives us an opportunity to look (and listen) deeper into the musical tradition they’re part of. Dan Levenson is an Appalachian native who has grown up with the music of that region. Today he is considered a respected master teacher and performer of both the clawhammer banjo and Appalachian style fiddle. Dan is a two-time awardee of the prestigious Master Artist Award from Arizona’s Southwest Folklife Alliance, has eight recordings of his own, and is one of the most prolific authors of instructional and tune books for clawhammer banjo and fiddle. Join the conversation on Zoom or on the Fox stage, , to hear some tunes and get a deeper understanding and appreciation of the musical roots that give rise to their music. Register at https://olli.arizona.edu/
Feb 10, 7:30pm – JIG – A Trinity Irish Dance Company Production
Trinity Irish Dance Company (TDIC) has significantly changed the direction and scope of Irish dance, re-introducing the art form as the phenomenon it is today. By using Irish dance as an instrument and a metaphor, TIDC redefines the medium with passion, flair, and precision. Through a unique blend of uncompromising power and grace, TIDC sends a consistent message of female empowerment with a repertory that has elevated the art form for over three decades. TIDC holds an important place in the dance world, offering both a highly skilled presentation of traditional Irish step dance and a brilliantly engaging interpretation of contemporary world vision.
Directly from the UK, re-creating the look, sound and showmanship of one of the greatest rock bands of all time, “One Night of Queen” arrives in the USA in February to kick off their USA 2024 National Tour in Tucson at the Fox! If you loved the Award Winning, Oscar Nominated Film Bohemian Rhapsody, you won’t want to miss this incredible re-creation of Freddie Mercury and Queen in concert – a spectacular performance by Gary Mullen & The Works in a two-hour concert! Experience Gary Mullen, winner of the British TV Talent show “Stars In Your Eyes” with more than 800,000 votes for his Freddie Mercury performance. Gary will be performing all the Queen classic hits live with his impressive band ‘The Works’ – Bohemian Rhapsody, Under Pressure, Somebody To Love, We Will Rock You, We are the Champions and much more! This Show Will Rock You!
Feb 14, 7:30pm – Mardi Gras Mambo 2024! Featuring 2022 Grammy nominees The Dirty Dozen Brass Band & Nathan Williams & The Zydeco Cha Chas
The Dirty Dozen Brass Band are the pioneers of the modern New Orleans brass band movement, recognized worldwide as an unstoppable musical machine. Nathan Williams provides a direct connection to Zydeco’s storied pioneers such as Clifton Chenier and Boozoo Chavis. Blues, cajun, New Orleans soul, zydeco and R&B…come celebrate Mardi Gras with these Louisiana legends.
“The Dirty Dozen Brass Band continues to be a national treasure; steeped in both the past and the present, impossible to categorize and mighty funky.” – The New York Times
“Nathan Williams never disappoints…putting out the best Zydeco in the business.” – No Depression
It’s hard to imagine, but before TV and the Internet, people learned about current events at the movie theatre. There they would get a window into the world via “newsreels”, which were shown alongside movies and cartoons. Frequently, these were all musically accompanied, live, with a theatre organ. Through comedy film clips, cartoons, historic photos and newsreel footage, students will have their own look into the 1900’s. From industrialization and cinema to the Great Depression and World War II, they will see how kids experienced these aspects of history in Tucson, all in the historically authentic Fox Tucson Theatre. An acclaimed theatre organist will perform for attendees on Fox’s restored Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Organ.
Feb 16, 7:30pm – Free Event! Silent Film Shorts including 3 Laurel and Hardy classics. From Soup to Nuts (1928) – 18 minutes. Two Tars (1928) – 21 minutes. Liberty (1929) – 20 minutes. With musical interludes from the Laurel and Hardy era, performed by organist Dave Wickerham. Bring the whole family for an evening of slapstick humor, popcorn, and our Mighty Wurlitzer!
Organist, Dave Wickerham, will perform an American Music Tribute on the Fox’s own Wurlitzer organ. The event will showcase popular music from the American Songbook, featuring hit tunes by composers such as George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Cole Porter as well as patriotic and ragtime selections.
Before he was an Emmy-winning TV star, Mandy Patinkin was already a Tony-winning Broadway legend. Mandy Patinkin in Concert: BEING ALIVE, presents the acclaimed actor / singer / storyteller in his most electrifying role: concert performer. “Mandy Patinkin is in the business of show stopping,” raves The New Yorker, and that’s exactly what he does in this powerful, passionate evening of song. BEING ALIVE is a collection of many of Mandy’s favorite Broadway and classic American tunes. From Irving Berlin to Stephen Sondheim, from Cole Porter to Harry Chapin, Mandy Patinkin takes you on a dazzling musical journey you’ll never forget.
When Gov’t Mule’s GRAMMY-nominated Heavy Load Blues was released in late 2021, few who heard the album could have sensed that it was merely one part of a two-album project from guitarist/vocalist Warren Haynes and his band mates, drummer Matt Abts & keyboardist Danny Louis. While Heavy Load Blues was designed as a live-in-the-studio project exploring the blues idiom, in the midst of that creative rush, Haynes found himself with a bumper crop of new material that ventured outside of the blues genre. The result is Mule’s 12th studio album, the sparkling Peace…Like a River (Fantasy), out now., Ever the consummate collaborators, “Peace…Like A River” features crucial contributions from friends of the band, including Billy F. Gibbons, Billy Bob Thornton, Ruthie Foster, Ivan Neville and acclaimed singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Celisse; extraordinary artistic talents who deepen the listening experience even further. “Our mission has always been to try to create music that can stand up next to the amazing artists who influenced us,” Haynes revealed. Few things would make him happier than to know that someone listened to Peace…Like a River and wondered “Am I listening to a record made in the ‘70s? Because I don’t know how I missed it back then!”
For the 24th annual tour, Brian Gore has assembled a lineup of three IGN favorites and an exciting newcomer, Luca Stricagnoli. With his music videos exceeding 100 million views and bookings in every corner of the globe, Stricagnoli is considered one of the most interesting acoustic guitarists in the world. Thu Le is an international award-winning classical guitarist and certified guitar teacher who began playing the guitar at the age of 4. He gave his first public performance at the age of 5. Minnie Marks is not just some blazingly electrified guitar playing freak of nature. She is also a rare and triple threat: Singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Marco Pereira is an internationally renowned Brazilian composer, guitarist, and university professor. He has performed in North America on several occasions with International Guitar Night.
Taj Mahal doesn’t wait for permission. If a sound intrigues him, he sets out to make it. If origins mystify him, he moves to trace them. If rules get in his way, he unapologetically breaks them. To the Taj, convention means nothing, but traditions are holy. He has pushed music and culture forward, all while lovingly looking back. “I just want to be able to make the music that I’m hearing come to me — and that’s what I did. The music comes from somewhere. You’re just the conduit it comes through. You’re there to receive the gift.” Preserving her musical past, Sona Jobarteh innovates to support a more humanitarian future. The spirit of Sona Jobarteh’s musical work stands on the mighty shoulders of The West African Griot Tradition; she is a living archive of the Gambian people. With one ear on the family’s historic reputation, one on the all-important future legacy and her heart in both places, she is preparing a place today for the next generation. The extent of her recognition today is evidenced by more than 23 + million watchers on YouTube, etc.
Leonor, 45 years old, has tried everything to get pregnant but her body does not seem to respond. At an audition she meets Emilia, a 16-year-old teenager with an undeniable talent for ballet dancing, but her career will be cut short the day she finds out she is pregnant. Leonor and Emilia make a deal and share the pregnancy process. What seems like just a transaction to get what they want, becomes another way of looking at motherhood and they will realize that what they are really gaining is the relationship that will be built between them. The Fox Tucson Theatre is proud to partner with Cinema Tropical and the UA Center for Latin American Studies to present the Cinema Tucson series, featuring some of the most exciting, celebrated, cutting edge, and record-breaking, contemporary pieces of film from Mexico. This nearly monthly presentation of works is guaranteed to be a rewarding and memorable experience, unprecedented and unduplicated anywhere within our region. Many screenings feature conversations and Q&A’s from the directors or other members of the creative team. Regardless of the title, these opportunities are not to be missed.
The TEN Tenors are an Australian music ensemble that has toured extensively nationally and internationally and released 15 albums and 4 DVDs. The current lineup is: Cameron Barclay, Daniel Belle, Michael Edwards, Nigel Huckle, Adrian Li Donni, Sebastian MacLaine, Jared Newall, Boyd Owen, Riley Sutton and Grady Swithenbank. They have headlined more than 2,000 concerts around the world, sold more than 3.5 million concert tickets and become renowned for their dynamic, choreographed performances and skillful ability to seamlessly transition from operatic arias to soulful ballads through to chart-topping pop and rock songs. The TEN Tenors have also recorded numerous albums over the years, many of which have achieved platinum and gold status.
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